During the coronavirus pandemic, musicians are getting creative as a means of helping keep music alive despite everybody more or less being relegated to whatever they can do in their homes — and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is here to help.
Through his David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, he has put together a new initiative, #SchoolsOut, offering up individual music lessons via Skype to music students who may not otherwise be able to receive lessons due to our current situation.
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We are proud to announce the #SCHOOLSOUT initiative, to give remote one-on-one mentoring sessions and music lessons via SKYPE, with legendary Rock and Metal artists, to students displaced from school activities by COVID 19 Restrictions. Your instructors will be: David Ellefson (Megadeth) Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch) Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Jimmy DeGrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper) Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking With Lions) Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Ex-Machine Head) Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N' Roses) Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth) Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth) Frank Bello (Anthrax) Dave McClain (Sacred Reich) Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) Alex Snowden (Doll Skin) Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) Clint Lowery (Sevendust) More instructors tba….. More information, and the application, can be found at ellefsonyouthmusicfoundation.org. "When one person suffers we all suffer, and this is an unprecedented moment in history when all of us around the world are united for a common cause. "Music and the arts have always been some of our greatest healer's in a way none other can. As we reach into each other's souls with resounding hope, I'm forever thankful to our friends in the creative community who have kindly offered their expertise to put a smile on the faces of so many people in need right now. Let this be a time when we can all unite under the banner of Music and let our creativity lead the way." David Ellefson Graphic by Melody Meyers
Via the Foundation’s website:
We are proud to announce the #SCHOOLSOUT initiative, to give remote one-on-one mentoring sessions and music lessons via SKYPE, with legendary Rock and Metal artists, to students displaced from school activities by COVID 19 Restrictions.
The SKYPE sessions will be held by legendary Rock and Metal artists including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Jimmy Degrasso (Ex-Megadeth, Alice Cooper), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Guns N’ Roses), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Chad Szeliga (Black Star Riders, Walking with Lions), Chris Poland (Ex-Megadeth), Phil Demmel (Ex-Machine Head), and more to be announced.
More information and a sign-up form for interested music students is available at the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation website — click here for more details, and kudos to Ellefson and his team for this wonderful idea.